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Chyatte Lecture: Designer Babies? Jewish Medical Ethics and the Future of Humanity

Thursday, January 14, 2021 1 Sh'vat 5781

7:30 PM - 8:45

Designer Babies?: Jewish Medical Ethics and the Future of Humanity

Rabbi Elliot Dorff will be discussing fascinating issues surrounding genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing. He'll speak about the ethical ramifications of this kind of technology and what Judaism has to say about it. In the increasingly realistic world of genome editing, who gets to choose what attributes are altered? Who has access to this technology and who does not? Are fears unfounded that this could lead to a two-class society of those enhanced and those unenhanced? If, in fact, one can engineer not just physical attributes, but possibly intelligence and emotions such as empathy, where does that leave us regarding fundamental Jewish and theological questions? Questions which used to reside solely in the realm of science fiction have recently become more relevant. Join us for a very provocative discussion.
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